Port of the Future Conference

Houston, TX, United States

The Port of the Future Conference offers corporate leaders, trade and logistics professionals, government officials, and leading researchers a collaborative, networking opportunity to examine an expanding and evolving vision of future Ports of Entry.

Port of the Future will be shaped by research and innovation, advances in technology, increased dependence on automation, enhancements in data security and information sharing, and heightened environmental compliance - all impacting the ability to rapidly and securely move cargo and people across international borders.

The Port of the Future Conference focuses on creating and revitalizing our Nation's ports, infrastructure, and processes - across air, maritime, land, and cyber domains. You will hear from government and industry leaders on their visions for Ports of the Future, projected trends and emerging challenges, promising research, and new, cutting-edge technology.

Engage in presentations and discussions to:

  • Expand and evolve the roles of airports, seaports, and land ports of entry in a modern, globalized, and interconnected American economy;
  • Envision the Future: increased size of container ships, full automation, faster processing, environmentally cleaner and efficient, creation of off shore ports, deep ocean cargo transfers;
  • Facilitate Trade and Ensure Security: through the design and conduct of efficient logistics processes, and enhancements to secure traveler and trade programs;
  • Integrate New Technology: incorporate technological advances in traveler and  cargo processing, biometric screening, surveillance, non-intrusive inspection equipment, and more;
  • Port Projects: current and pending projects to expand and enhance port facilities, and the creation of environmentally friendly and sustainable facilities;
  • Enhance Collaboration: between government agencies and corporate entities,  expand opportunities to work jointly to address new challenges;
  • Increase Resilience: to natural and technological disasters, terrorist acts, and criminal activities;
  • Address Connectivity: through railways, ground transportation, pipelines and future modes of transport;
  • Enhance Security: recognize ports as an economic target, bring attention to emerging vulnerabilities and possible solutions; strengthen efforts to counter corruption and curb the influence of cartels and other criminal organizations;
  • Promote Cybersecurity: Identify emerging cyber vulnerabilities and possible solutions to protect electronically sensitive information of American citizens and ensure the integrity of port systems and networks.
  • Ensure Environmental Compliance: upgrade port infrastructure to contend with impacts of climate change, rising sea levels, and increased frequency of severe weather events and natural disasters
  • Develop the workforce of the future: identify industry needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed in the modern and future workforce; credentialing.

Who should attend this conference?

Private Sector
  • Chief Executive Officers (airports, seaports, passenger and cargo carriers)
  • Port and Harbor Commissioners
  • Airport General Manager
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Chief, Port Infrastructure Officer
  • Port Director
  • Director of Aviation
  • Director of Port Operations
  • Director, Security/ Information Technology
  • Director of Security, Facilities and Regulatory Compliance
  • Director, Environmental Affairs
  • Port Security and Emergency Operations Officer
  • Director, Environmental Affairs
  • Export Executive
  • Operation Executive - Freight Forwarding
  • Ship Captain
  • Terminl Manager
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Office of Field Operations
  • Chief Information Security Officer


  • Rear Admiral Michael P. Ryan, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command
  • Alan Bersin, Executive Chairman, Altana Trade, Executive Chairman, Altana Trade & Chairman, BorderWorks Advisors, LLC
  • Sandra Pinel, Engagement Lead and Regional Planner, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Commissioner Aaron Demerson, Commissioner Representing Employers, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Jaeson Jones, Director/CEO, Omni International Intelligence
  • Arnie Tyler, CEO, MerLion Advisory Group
  • Randy "Church" Kee (MG, USAF, Ret), Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness Center
  • Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation, Houston Airport System
  • Steve S. Sin, Director, Unconventional Weapons & Technology Division, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland
  • Thomas Guarrieri, Senior Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland
  • Rhyner Washburn, Cyber Intelligence Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland
  • Alfredo Mycue, Co-Founder, Director of Strategy, ReEngine Consulting, LLC
  • Captain Dave Nichols, USCG (retired), Director, Business Development, ABS Group
  • LCDR Dallas Smith, Detachment Chief, USCG's Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise
  • Maryam Hamidi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Lamar University
  • Ben Rohrbaugh, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lantern Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • Erik Stromberg, Executive Director, Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
  • Utsav Mathur, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
  • Rafael Riva, Vice President Business Development, Americas, Lloyd's Register North America Inc
  • Jeffrey Pollack, AICP ENV SP, Director of Planning, Port of Corpus Christi Authority
  • Bill Burket, Director, MIRT & Emergency Operations, Port of Virginia
  • Sandy Smith, Maritime Cybersecurity Engineer - ICS, Moran Cyber / Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc
  • Chris Bronk, Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Logistics Technology, College of Technology, University of Houston
  • Bruce Mann, Director of Freight Mobility, Port of Houston
  • Tony Ambler, Dean, College of Technology
  • Capt. John Stauffer, Associate Vice Chancellor, San Jacinto College Maritime Campus
  • Tim Brewer, Chief Operations Officer, Synthetik Applied Technologies
  • Gloria Bender, Managing Principal, TRANSSOLUTIONS
  • Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America
  • Sarah Janes, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Continuing & Professional Development, 
  • Evert Bulcke, Managing Director, Romware
  • Mark Higgins, Director, Motor Carrier Experience, The Port of Virginia
  • Art Conklin, Critical Infrastructure Security, University of Houston
  • Thomas Damsgaard, Vice President, Inchcape Shipping Services
  • Henry Sienkiewicz, Educator, Technologist, Author
  • Sandy Sanders, Executive Director, Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District
  • Brian Donohue, Senior Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Rich Byrnes, Chief Port Infrastructure Officer, Port of Houston
  • David Moloney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Industry Sector Industry Canada, former Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency
  • Filip Vandenbussche, Port Representative North America, Port of Antwerp
  • Darren Shelton, Quality Systems Director, Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
  • Serge Auclair, Vice-President, Strategy, Human Resources and digitalization, Port of Montreal
  • Colin Rizzo, Emergency Management Coordinator, Port Of Houston
  • Stephen Polk, Director, Center for Maritime Education, The Seamen's Church Institute
  • Dr. Stephen S. Roop, Founder/CEO, Freight Shuttle
  • Mark Waddleton, Vice President of Corporate Development, First Genesis
  • Mark Dubina, Vice President, Security, Port Tampa Bay
  • Warren E. Baugh, Director - Nuclear and DOE Programs, Tetra Tech
  • Rajat Rajbhandari, CIO and Co-founder, dexFreight Inc.
  • Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)

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Hilton University of Houston
4450 University Drive, 77204
Houston, Texas, USA

Hilton University of Houston is located on the UH campus adjacent to the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Stay here and be just minutes away from the downtown Houston business district. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is only seven miles drive from this hotel.
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Event details
Organizer : Energy Conference Network
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21935